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PBS Western Reserve’s Black History Month Programming Honors African-American History and Culture

In honor of Black History Month, PBS Western Reserve announces a February lineup of programming for its PBS Western Reserve and Fusion TV channels. Shows airing for the first time are marked with an asterisk (*).

 

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Independent Lens, The First Rainbow Coalition

Independent Lens, The First Rainbow Coalition*

Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3:30 a.m.

The story of the Rainbow Coalition is told with archival footage and interviews with former members.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The African Americans—Many Rivers to Cross

Sunday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 12:30-4:30 a.m. and Thursday, Feb. 6, from 12:30-5 a.m.

This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events.

John Lewis: Get in the Way

John Lewis—Get in the Way

Monday, Feb. 3, at midnight

The journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis is chronicled.

     

An Answer from Akron

An Answer from Akron*

Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 3 a.m.; Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 21, at 1 a.m.

Akron’s history includes the remarkable story of a group of African American men who solved an affordable housing problem.

A Musical Evening with Harry Lennix

A Musical Evening with Harry Lennix*

Monday, Feb. 10, at midnight

A look at the life and career of one of Chicago's most notable actors.

Dreams of Hope

Dreams of Hope*

Monday, Feb. 10, at 1 a.m.

A concert is performed 50 years after a hate crime at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Alabama.

     

Finding Your Roots, Slave Trade

Finding Your Roots, Slave Trade*

Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 1 a.m.

The roots of director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and musician Questlove are explored.

American Experience, The Fight

American Experience, The Fight

Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 2 a.m.

Learn the stories of two extraordinary boxers: Max Schmeling of Germany and American Joe Louis.

Independent Lens, Tell Them We Are Rising—The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Independent Lens, Tell Them We Are Rising—The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Sunday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

The pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played in America is explored.

     

Hollywood’s Architect

Hollywood’s Architect*

Monday, Feb. 17, at 1 a.m.

Successful African American architect Paul R. Williams was not always welcome in the restaurants and hotels he designed.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—Uncovering America

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—Uncovering America

Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m.
Repeats Monday, Feb. 24, at 10 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 25, at midnight; and Saturday, Feb. 29, at 1 a.m.

Courtney B. Vance hosts this celebration of the renowned historian, author and filmmaker.

American Masters, Maya Angelou

American Masters, Maya Angelou

Sunday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Repeats Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 26, at midnight

Journey through the prolific life of the “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” author and activist.

     

American Spiritual Ensemble

American Spiritual Ensemble*

Monday, Feb. 24, at 1 a.m.

Some of the finest singers in the classical realm perform "Circle of Life" and other gospel songs.

Chuck Berry: Brown-Eyed Handsome Man

Chuck Berry: Brown-Eyed Handsome Man*

Saturday, Feb. 29, at 8 p.m.

The greatest rock icons in history performing favorite songs by their self-proclaimed hero, Chuck Berry.

Lionel Richie at Glastonbury

Lionel Richie at Glastonbury

Saturday, Feb. 29, at 9:30 p.m.

In June of 2015, Lionel Richie performed for nearly 200,000 fans at London’s renowned Glastonbury Festival.

     
     
Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2)

Independent Lens, The First Rainbow Coalition

Independent Lens, The First Rainbow Coalition*

Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m.

The story of the Rainbow Coalition is told with archival footage and interviews with former members.

From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis

From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis

Sunday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10 p.m.

Ballet dancer Frederick Davis' personal journey began with a broken family and homelessness.

An Answer from Akron

An Answer from Akron*

Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

Akron’s history includes the remarkable story of a group of African American men who solved an affordable housing problem.

     

John Lewis: Get in the Way

John Lewis—Get in the Way

Saturday, Feb. 8, at noon

The journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis is chronicled.

American Masters, Maya Angelou

American Masters, Maya Angelou

Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Friday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m.

Journey through the prolific life of the “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” author and activist.

Dreams of Hope

Dreams of Hope*

Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 16, at noon

A concert is performed 50 years after a hate crime at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Alabama.

     

Independent Lens, Tell Them We Are Rising—The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Independent Lens, Tell Them We Are Rising—The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m.Repeats Saturday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m.

The pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played in America is explored.

Our American Family, The Clarks

Our American Family, The Clarks*

Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10:30 p.m.

Trace the lives of an African-American family through the Depression and WWII.

American Spiritual Ensemble

American Spiritual Ensemble*

Thursday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 23, at 9 p.m.

Some of the finest singers in the classical realm perform "Circle of Life" and other gospel songs.

     

Hollywood’s Architect

Hollywood’s Architect*

Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m.

Successful African American architect Paul R. Williams was not always welcome in the restaurants and hotels he designed.

Finding Your Roots, Freedom Tales*

Finding Your Roots, Slave Trade*

Saturday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m.

The roots of director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and musician Questlove are explored

Independent Lens, Hale County This Morning, This Evening*

An Evening with Debra Lee*

Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10 p.m.

The life and career of one of the nation's top women in media and entertainment is explored.

     

American Masters, Sammy Davis Jr.

American Masters, Sammy Davis, Jr.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Friday, Feb. 28, at 9 p.m.

The vastly talented entertainer strove to achieve the American dream in a time of racial prejudice.

The Music Makers of Gennett Records

The Music Makers of Gennett Records*

Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 29, at 2:30 p.m.

A little studio in Richmond, Ind., captured early recordings of several Jazz Age music legends.

The Gennett Suite

The Gennett Suite*

Thursday, Feb. 20, at 9:30 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

A performance by the Indiana University student jazz ensemble pays tribute to Jazz Age titans.

     

A Musical Evening with Harry Lennix

A Musical Evening with Harry Lennix*

Friday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 23, at noon

A look at the life and career of one of Chicago's most notable actors.

American Experience, The Fight

American Experience, The Fight

Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Learn the stories of two extraordinary boxers: Max Schmeling of Germany and American Joe Louis.

American Masters, Miles Davis

American Masters, Miles Davis*

Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 29, at 8 p.m.

Rare photos and interviews explore the life of jazz legend Miles Davis.

     
     
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